Daily Archive: April 10, 2017

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If you weren’t at Bacchanal, maybe you were at Newark. Honestly, same level of zoo-ness.

Since we already posted a Bacchanal field notes, these field notes are slightly more… tame? I guess a little. Honestly, at this point, we’re just trying to remind ourselves that life exists outside of Bacchanal. Here’s our half-assed effort. 

There is only one section because literally everything this weekend was Bacchanal-related:

  • Woke up after 10 am on a Sunday for the first time this semester
  • Spent 45 minutes trying to get a bagel in Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport. I was not successful.
  • Emotionally bonded with a couple of people and it was very nice and wholesome.
  • Didn’t die.
  • Went to two pretentious/fancy events (the opera and a concert at Carnegie Hall) in two nights; fell asleep during both.
  • Decorated campus statues with balloons.
  • The girl sitting in front of me during my orgo midterm got sick and had to go to Health Services, and I didn’t even notice because I was so intently focused on my midterm.
  • Still trying to figure out what I said to my crush during Bacchanal.
  • Stole a pineapple from my high school’s alumni event.
  • Spilled a cupful of Ferris syrup all over my pants/jacket in middle of Bacchanal, went home to change.
  • Rode a scooter around 2nd floor of ADP.
  • Had volunteered to babysit 9am the morning after Bacchanal, but the mom cancelled at the last minute. God is real.
  • Definitely spoke to the head of CUAD while crossed on Saturday, not sure what I said other than that it included a message of support for the cause.
  • Purchased a bottle of wine to watch the Blair Witch Project with my friends; ended up being too scared to drink.
  • Made my roommate buy me a ham and cheese croissant at 2 am Sunday.
  • Watched the best food documentary I’ve ever seen – Season 2, Episode 1 of Chef’s Table. Check it out.
  • Witnessed a prospie down shots of tequila like water at a DOC party, was told “It’s okay, I partied in high school” when I expressed concern.
  • Went to Butler to write an outline for my lit hum paper. Ended up cranking out four pages.
  • Watched Citizenfour for my global core class and got so paranoid that I put a bandaid over the camera on my laptop.
  • Went to Times Square to meet up with a former hookup, made out on the red steps at midnight.

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Bwog onstage!!

On Saturday, Bwog’s Events Editor Lexie Lehmann had the privilege of receiving a backstage pass to cover press for this year’s Bacchanal. What followed was an afternoon of schmoozing and debauchery. If you were anywhere near the stage on Saturday, you probably caught her badly dancing to the right of the stage or attempting to flirt with DJ Almand.

My friends often ask me how I finesse myself into cool opportunities at Columbia and I honestly think it’s just a product of being in the right place at the right time. This time, I happened to be procrastinating my P3 in Avery Library when Bwog’s lovely EIC reached out to me about the chance to cover Bacchanal backstage. Hell yes. In advance of the event, I was told that it wasn’t likely that I would get to actually meet any of the performers, but that didn’t stop me from keeping my hopes up.

The morning of the event, I dragged myself out of bed to get my press credentials from Bacchanal Staff and Public Safety in Low Library. I have to be honest, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Bwog has had a pretty mixed experience with Bacchanal – from being denied coverage of the event in 2013 due to a “speculative posting of the lineup”, to breaking the story on a Barnard student’s hookup with last year’s headliner – I had some pretty big shoes to fill and I wasn’t quite sure how my own experience would live up to them.

So… what was Lexie’s experience?

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Such a nice building for undergrads to never go inside

The Journalism School announced the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize this afternoon. Today’s announcement marks the 101st year of the award. The prizes were awarded in the hall of the same name, as usual, and a livestream of the event is available on the Pulitzer website.

This year’s notable winners include Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead for Fiction; David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post for National Reporting; Evicted by Matthew Desmond for General Nonfiction; and the Broadway play Sweat by Lynn Nottage for Drama. Also notable for Columbia is the award of the prize for Biography or Autobiography to Hisham Matar for his book The Return. Matar is currently on the faculty at Barnard; he teaches creative writing during the fall semester.

UPDATE, 10:45 pm: An earlier draft of this post stated that Prof. Hisham Matar currently teaches creative writing at Barnard; the post has been updated to clarify that he only teaches at Barnard during the fall semester. Also, the spelling of his name has been standardized throughout the post.

UPDATE, 4/11/17, 2:12 pm: The spelling of Prof. Matar’s name has been corrected once again.

The full list of award-winners is below.

Read all the victors after the jump

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Martin Shkreli, known as the pharma-bro CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who raised the price of HIV/AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, joined the columbia buy sell memes Facebook group late last night. Since joining, he has made bad jokes about Barnard students, Skyped a group of students huddled around a laptop in ButCaf, alleged that he is suing a student for making a meme about him, and promised to buy students drinks tonight at a bar near campus. Some students have responded by joking around with Shkreli or asking him for summer internships, whereas others have sought to remind people that his price gouging had serious effects on people’s lives.

This is not the first time Shkreli has entered a college meme group–his previous adventures involved stints in those of Harvard and Princeton. He will apparently be at Mel’s tonight–we’ll keep you updated of any new developments.

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We showed you how the Class of 2021 is composed of badasses and Cornell-haters. In addition to that, they are very rich and very smart; see below.

Very rich

Very smart

They are also fluent in NY slang

Also, for good measure, fuck MIT

 

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This guy certainly had a wild day.

Hear, hear! It’s time to submit your wettest and wildest Bacchanal stories! Pictures, videos, extraordinarily detailed novellas… the more debaucherous the better. Send your stuff to tips@bwog.com and we’ll post our favorites ones soon! Think your Bacchanal had what it takes? There’s only one way to find out.

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Bwog recently received information that a procedure of impeachment has been started against current GS Senator Ramond Curtis by members of General Studies Student Council. A current member of the council and candidate at the recent GSSC election condemned Ramond’s actions during the elections and subsequently filed this impeachment process. This member has declined to comment until the next council meeting on Tuesday at 8:15pm.

Update, as of 4/11/2017, 10:46pm: Because of a required 3/4 majority vote for impeachment, Curtis will remain on the council. Twelve people voted in favor of his impeachment, and seven voted against.

What happened?

During the week of campaigning, several members of GSSC, including several E-board members, publicly endorsed candidates on Facebook for the election. After these endorsements came out, Senator Ramond Curtis, in his official capacity, publicly condemned them in a post (see screenshot) that specifically denounced current GSSC President Larosa’s endorsement of two other members of GSSC for election: Dennis Zhao, current VP of communications who was running for President, and Raison Flor, current Chief of Policy who was running for VP of Policy.

It must be noted that at the last GSSC meeting, CEB commented that no members of GSSC can ever endorse candidates. However, they were willing to forgive any behavior that occurred due to the confusing aspect of CEB rules. Curtis’ own actions were scrutinized by the council, who was split over whether Curtis had been right to point out these wrongs. Some believed that including the names of candidates in the post jeopardized their chances at election. Others pointed out that Curtis had also helped candidates with their campaigns.

Find more information including the Facebook post, the Impeachment letter, and Ramond’s response after the jump

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Last week was four (4) hours, but last night they bounced back

Last night’s CCSC meeting was a merciful two hours, but a bit disjointed. Here are the latest deets from the Satow Room, courtesy of Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman. 

The Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) had two things on its plate last night: the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) resolution on providing GS students with swipe access to CC/SEAS residential halls, and constitutional review. These matters were preceded, however, by a visit from Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) in response to the Council’s recent vote on the group’s proposed ballot initiative.

The Return of CUAD
Last week’s CCSC meeting centered on the proposal to add the question “Do you support Columbia University Apartheid Divest’s campaign as part of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement?” to the ballot for the upcoming elections. Speakers mostly concentrated on concerns about marginalization, safety, and divisiveness as they debated the issue, speaking less to the proposed subject of the meeting: the question’s language and adherence to the mission of CCSC. In the end, council members (controversially) voted down the motion to add the question to the ballot. CUAD released a statement in response to the decision, available in full here.

More CUAD and swipe action after the jump

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One hell of a view.

Good morning, Columbia! How was your Bacchanal? Did you get CAVA’d? Did you darty? Did you even fucking survive? Luckily, campus recovered in time for Days on Campus! Time to check out what’s going down today!

Happening in the nation: Trump has officially taken is 16th trip to a golf course during his presidency. That’s it. That’s our news.

Happening in NYC: Rikers Island is closer now than ever to finally being shut down. But, if that were to happen, there’s a high chance that new prisons would pop up in every borough. Hopefully progress will be made (in the right direction) regarding Rikers soon.

Happening on campus: Tonight from 8:30 to 10 pm the CU Political Union is hosting a debate on Freedom of Speech in an Online World. Head on over to 501 NoCo to catch some fiery discourse!

Overheard: “How many days a week do Columbia students usually go out?” – prospective student. “EIGHT!” – lit hum boy.

So, this is a thing. Do with it what you will. 

 

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